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Tracking progress: monitoring observing statistics and telescope usage at the Southern African Large telescope
Author(s): Steven M. Crawford; Anthony Koeslag; Encarni Romero Colmenero; David A. H. Buckley; Thea Koen; Fred Marang; Veronica Van Wyk; Samantha Bennett
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Paper Abstract

Monitoring the performance of a facility is critical to successful scientific operations, and even more so, for queue based telescopes such as SALT. We highlight the steps that have been undertaken in order to monitor the performance of the Southern African Large Telescope from proposal submission to on-sky observations, and finally to publication. A suite of dedicated software tools has been produced in order to monitor the performance of the telescope, weather conditions, and scientific productivity. We report on some of the key metrics for SALT since the start of science operations to provide a baseline for its current performance. After taking account that science operations only began in September 2011, the number of papers produced by SALT since that time is similar to other 8m class observatories at the beginning of their operations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 July 2014
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 9149, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems V, 914909 (28 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2057369
Show Author Affiliations
Steven M. Crawford, South African Astronomical Observatory (South Africa)
Anthony Koeslag, Southern African Large Telescope (South Africa)
Encarni Romero Colmenero, Southern African Large Telescope (South Africa)
David A. H. Buckley, Southern African Large Telescope (South Africa)
Thea Koen, Southern African Large Telescope (South Africa)
Fred Marang, Southern African Large Telescope (South Africa)
Veronica Van Wyk, Southern African Large Telescope (South Africa)
Samantha Bennett, South African Astronomical Observatory (South Africa)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9149:
Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems V
Alison B. Peck; Chris R. Benn; Robert L. Seaman, Editor(s)

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